pale beneath the blue

Road stories and more from singer/songwriter, pale beneath the blue.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

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Revenge of the lack of sleep

Star Wars III, Revenge of the Sith, opened and of course, I was there to witness. I'm not certain how I feel about it, however, it's 3am. And besides, it's not as if I didn't know what was going to happen. More when I'm coherent.

Anyone out there with an opinion?

Monday, May 16, 2005

Mmmmm, Bar-b-que

Wow, what a great weekend. Friday night with all the folks at the Trolley in Dayton, celebrating women in music via Gogirls A huge thanks to Ray Bigelow for all of his help, as well as Peggy Welty, Arminta and Mikel, Robyn Leah Case, Patrice, and our sound guy, James Mikel. We love the Trolley. Fun evening for all.

Saturday found us out in the middle of no where, also referred to as South Bloomfield, OH. However, Stage Coach BBQ is like an oasis in the middle of the desert. The food is amazing, (the pulled Turkey and pumpkin cornbread are to die for) the staff is possibly the nicest group of folks I've ever had the pleasure of working with and the patrons are there for the music (and it's just a really cool place to hang). A big thanks to my high school buddy, Brent Holt for driving all the way over from Troy, OH and playing roadie for the evening. And I was totally obliterated in a game of Music Trivia by owner, Dave Miesse. (You have shown me the error of my ways, Dave. I will now spend more time listening to music. By the way, are you familiar with Stephanie's Id?)

I hit the road by myself on Sunday to play at Vic's Acoustic Cafe in Indianapolis w/Arminta and Mikel and Greg Ziesemer. Several interesting things, 1)apparently, Greg and I met in an elevator at a music conference in Nashville in '03, and 2)my friends, mike and sabrina, showed up and then forced me to go eat at some fancy restaurant with Canadian Jim afterwards. What a rough life I lead, eh?

So much fun, can't wait to do it all again. Hey, DC folks, we're heading your way next.

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Take your Pick

So, we've started thinking about the next CD. Is there a song you desperately want us to record? If you haven't ever told us, now is the time. Here's a list of possibilities:

23 Shades
Break the Spell
Need you like a Drug (cover)
Overkill (cover)
Punching Bag
Riding through Indiana...
She Dangled it in Front of Him Just Like a Cat Toy
You Don't Even know Who I Am (cover)

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Monday, May 09, 2005

It's Monday

Had a nice show at Rohs Street on Saturday. Thanks to everyone who came out and listened so intently. You all are awesome.

Today I...
Did Tae Bo
Got sunburned having lunch with
Beau Alquizola at Planet Smoothie
Talked to Keith Jenkins on the phone about Publishing and what not
Learned "Blackbird" on the guitar

Took a walk
Watched 24

What did you do?

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

To ban or not to ban?

Being a musician/singer/songwriter has its perks. Mainly, I don't have to work a normal job. However, there is a downside. I'm stuck in smoky clubs all night, sometimes until the wee hours of the morning. Then when I finally get home, I have to shower before I get into bed, that is, if I can stay awake long enough to do so.

Now folks, if you want to smoke, hey, that's your business. I'm not mad at you and yes, it's my choice to play music in smoky clubs. However, the argument here in Cincinnati, Dayton and Indianapolis is that 1)how many more rights should the government be allowed to take away? 2)if we ban smoking, people will just go to another nearby town to smoke and drink and 3)people will no longer go to bars and all the bar owners will go out of business. What???!!! Are you people serious? First off, you can't smoke in any public building in the entire state of Florida and I don't hear those people complaining about their rights. Second, folks are already leaving Cincinnati to head to Northern Kentucky because it's new and interesting and it feels safe--no smoking ban or lack thereof will change that. Thirdly, bar owners who can't be more creative about finding new ways to be profitable deserve to go out of business. That's just business.

On Saturday night, we played a packed bar that was completely smoke free. Columbus Proper has decided to ban smoking and honestly, it didn't seem to hurt business at all. What's more funny is the fact that there were quite a few people there from Cincinnati and their comments were all about how nice it was to not have to deal with the smoke.

So, what can we do? Well, we can write letters to the editor at the local papers. We can tell club owners/workers that we would frequent their place of business more often if there was no smoking. We can probably join organizations like or and if you aren't in Ohio, I would recommend searching Google for an organization in your state. If anyone has any better ideas, please post them.

Okay, I'm getting off my soapbox now. This is the only time I will mention this because I'm not one of those artists with a political agenda. I just needed to get this off my chest.


Still recovering...

I was awakened by the roofer climbing up a ladder outside my window. I hope he can make it stop leaking.

Currently watching Ellen. Oh, my goodness--Jamie Lynn Spears looks exactly like her older sister--freaky.

Anyway, what a great week/weekend of shows. I love traveling and meeting so many new folks, as well as running into those of you I met the last time I was in town. A big thank you to all of you who helped load and unload my equipment--Dave Phillips, Tod Weider, Mickey, as well as my guys, Chris Beiting and Ryan Childs.

I think that Canton is one of my new favorite places to go--everyone has been so incredible up there at
Muggswigz. I'm really looking forward to heading back. And who would have thought that we would be a big hit at a library? Stranger things have happened.

While in Columbus, I got a preview of
Stepford Five front man, Keith Jenkin's new side project, The Moving Parts. Good stuff and I look forward to seeing where he goes with it.

See you on Saturday at
Rohs Street. Beau Alquizola will be opening things up--don't miss it. I think that we may have 2 cellists--I'll keep you posted.